Walmart has such a dismal record on health care that it made the national news a number of times, as their employees are draining state medicaid monies (444,000 Google hits). The largest employer in our nation pays such low wages that, simply put, their workers can't afford to have larger deductions from their paycheck to cover health insurance. The running joke, that isn't a joke at all, goes something like this. When you hand in your employment application you receive an application for medicaid.
That is a pretty sad commentary of our nations largest employer. When our federal budget is slashing monies to states for medicaid and medicare, our governors have to do something to relieve the pressure. The bleeding by our nations largest employer has to stop. It's as simple as that.
And some state legislatures are putting Walmart stores on notice that they can no longer bleed their states. Walmart does not want to admit to creating probably the largest segment of working poor in this nation, in fact they are spinning the issue and placing blame on states for making Medicaid more accessible.
But Mr. Scott hinted at another reason so many of his workers were on Medicaid. "Have many states made Medicaid programs far more generous in order to cover the kids of working families? Yes, they have."
Wait a sec. Hold the phones. Stop the presses. Whose fault is it??????
The reason why so many Walmart workers or their kids are on medicaid has absolutely NOTHING to do with the fact that Walmart doesn't pay their workers a living wage, or offer LOW-COST health care plans. No sirree, bob. It's the state's fault.
To rectify the problem they caused in the first place, this is what they are proposing.
Mr. Scott said Wal-Mart was proud of the changes it could afford to make, like allowing the children of part-time workers to enroll in the company's health insurance plan, reducing the two-year waiting period before a part-time worker could quality for benefits and opening 59 health clinics in its stores.
Did you note the aggrandizing attitude in that first sentence? "proud to make the changes it could afford to make." Well of course they can afford to make changes, as they don't pay their workers a living wage to begin with!
But, what I find so infuriating is that their proposal includes further bilking of their workers as well as the communities. I can't imagine that their 59 health clinics will be free. Can you?
To rely on Health Savings Accounts won't cut it. Those have been determined not to be equitable for the working poor.
States should not bow to Walmart. Period. Walmart needs to step it up, and take care of their workers in first place. The truly sad thing is, they could take care of their workers much better than they do now, and still make a pretty hefty profit.